Why to move to Brighton
Brighton is a unique, artistic city of breathtaking beauty. From its famous seafront to the exquisite Georgian architecture that lines this city's streets, Brighton is renowned for its blend of the traditional and the modern, and enjoys a lively cosmopolitan scene. Amidst the cultural venues are endless superb restaurants, pubs and shops to suit all tastes. And for families, Brighton is also well-known for its excellent primary and secondary schools, both state and independent.
Brighton also appeals to London commuters who wish to live by the sea but need easy and quick train connections to the city. Brighton offers a more relaxed pace than London, but is exceptionally vibrant, with too many cultural and artistic opportunities to list! Between the amazing restaurants, shops and theatres, Brighton is the perfect place to live for those who appreciate the beautiful aesthetics accompanied by an edgy, sophisticated and worldly culture.
History of Brighton
In 1086, what is now the town of Brighton was named in the Doomsday Book as Bristelmestume. Yet the history of Brighton stretches back much farther even than the time of William the Conquerer. Numerous Neolithic causeways and mounds have been located within the city, and the remains of a Celtic Iron Age camp can be found just north of the city near Hollingbury. The Romans also built at least one villa here, near what is now Preston Park.
With its ancient roots as a small fishing village, by the late 18th century Brighton had grown into a popular seaside resort made famous by the Prince Regent, the future King George IV, who built his Royal Pavilion here. As late as 1816, Brighton was still known as Brighthelmstone (as can be read in many original Jane Austen novels!), but the name Brighton began to be adopted shortly thereafter, and by the 20th century, Brighton had blossomed into one of the largest cities in Britain. After the arrival of the railway, early 20th-century Brighton was receiving as many as 120,000 day-trippers every year. Today Brighton is a cosmopolitan location known across the world for its amazing festivals and cutting-edge culture, and is home to many famous artists, performers, musicians and writers.
Brighton offers an extraordinary (and delicious) range of award-winning restaurants to suit people of all tastes. Seafood lovers will adore the world-famous English's restaurant in the Lanes, and vegetarians can sample the delectable dishes at Food for Friends or Terre à Terre. The options for all cuisines are simply too numerous to list, not to mention the excellent pubs and cafés that can be found all around town. One thing is for certain - no one will leave Brighton disappointed by the food!
The shopping opportunities in Brighton are nearly endless, with shops ranging from the retro to the eclectic and from the handmade to the highest-end designers. The winding streets of both the Lanes and the North Laine are bursting at the seams with incredible shops and cafés to suit every taste, and in better weather, buskers, performers and street artists add vibrance to the light-hearted atmosphere. The high street offers numerous familiar shops, and shoppers can also enjoy the locally grown, organic produce sold at farmers' markets throughout the season, and the Open Market has stalls selling vintage, handmade and other extraordinary items all year long. Whatever you're after, it can be found in Brighton!
Brighton offers something for everyone, making it a perfect place to while away the hours. Take a stroll along the beach or explore the woods of Stanmer Park. Explore the Royal Pavilion, the Palace Pier, or the many museums situated around the city. Enjoy a day at the races, or an evening at the Theatre Royal or the Brighton Dome. Golf enthusiasts will love Brighton's fantastic courses, and football fans will be thrilled watching their favourite team play at the Amex Stadium. Families can choose from endless activities and days out, from children's shows at the Komedia to nearby family farms and everything in between.